Friday, April 5

:: March Madness, Part 1::

When I sat down to post this entry I really didn't know where to start.  I like to include pictures from as many of our adventures as possible so I can print my blog at the end of the year and it's like a scrapbook (because Lawd knows I would never make the time to ACTUALLY scrapbook!)  :)  So with my laptop computer on the fritz (apparently I need to free up disk space, which is probably code for, "you have WAY too many pictures stored on your computer") I attempted to upload pictures from my iPad.  Which was a success, if you ignore the fact that I accidentally uploaded all the pictures to two separate posts (sigh!).  So instead of taking the time to re-upload I am just going to do a part 1 and part 2.

March has been a crazy month full of fun adventures.  We started off the month with our annual trip to the "big apple" with The Browns.  We look forward to this time with our friends every year and the trip did not disappoint.

Here we are on our first day there.  We always manage to eat at Rue 57, which is a good restaurant near our hotel.

That night we ate at a great tapas restaurant called Alta.  The building was so non-descript we actually walked past it once, but then you go inside and it is two floors with an open balcony to below and the coolest ambiance.  Tapas is such a fun way to eat.  You get to have a little bit of it all.  On our walk home I was experiencing my typical first day in NYC awe taking in the beautiful buildings and decided Nancy and I needed a photo perched on one of the cool stoops.  It seemed like a really good idea at the time!  :)

We took a lot of pictures of the guys this trip (much to their chagrin, I'm sure) so we could send them to Karl's mom who wanted a play-by-play of what we were up to.

We had lunch at the Central Park Boat House.  The picture below is the view from our table.  Gorgeous!  The crab cakes were divine, but the view was the best part of the whole meal.  We'd love to take Parrish back one warm day and take him out on the paddle boats.

We walked through Central Park on our way home that day and snapped a few pictures.  We came across some softball fields and I was trying to imagine bringing Parrish to little league games in the middle of Manhattan.  I guess you'd get used to it, but it sure seems amazing.

We were there over St. Patty's day weekend, so our trip wouldn't have been complete without a visit to an Irish Pub.  We stumbled across The Wren in Soho and were so impressed.  Their corned beef and gruyere sandwiches were something to write home about.

And because I can't have you thinking that all we did was eat (which if I'm honest we did A LOT of!), here is a picture of Cannon loving on Lady Liberty at the store Olde Good Things.  I LOVE this place (almost as much as Cannon loves the statue of liberty).  It has every kind of vintage piece or antique you could dream of.  I only wish we had a store like this in the Ham.  We found awesome pulls for our living room barn doors here and enjoyed visiting with the owners.  They often come to Scott's in Atlanta, FYI, so look out for them if you go!

While we were there we saw the Broadway play, "The Book of Mormon."  Entertainment and choreography-wise it was awesome, but I have to say that it was at times very offensive to Christians (not just Mormons) and full of shock-value.  It wasn't what I was expecting, but it was definitely an experience I won't soon forget!

The picture above is the view from Nancy and Karl's balcony.  The weather while we were there was cold (it even snowed one day!) but that didn't stop us from enjoying a glass of wine taking in this view!

When we got back to Birmingham Parrish was out of school for Spring Break so we packed back up and headed to the beach to spend time with Frankie and Tappy and my sister Caroline for a few days.

It occurs to me that I haven't mentioned on my blog that my mom (aka Tappy) got married to a wonderful man in February!  They had a sweet, family ceremony at Frankie's house followed by cake and coffee and we could not be more thrilled for them.  Frankie's grandaddy name is "Pap" and he is already adored by Parrish and Knox.  Here's a picture of the happy couple:

So, as I was saying...we went to the beach to visit with them over Spring Break and...

Parrish loved the stuffed alligator at The Shrimp Boat restaurant.

And spent the rest of his time braving the frigid water to skim board.

It is amazing to me that kids rarely let the cold stop them.  Parrish has fun no matter the weather and I love that about him!  The grin from ear to ear that Knox has on his face is the reaction he has anytime his brother comes into view.  These two boys love each other so much and it makes my heart so happy.
Caroline, Tappy and Knox came out to see the skim boarding show.

And Parrish and I built a sand castle.
Knox and I snuggled...

And he enjoyed his very first beach trip.  

Cannon buried P in the sand to form a recliner of sorts. 
We all had a lot of fun and are really looking forward to spending more time in the surf and on the sand this summer!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful pictures! Your blog never ceases to inspire me.